Catholic Sistas » perspective from the neck

Masthead header

Fabulously Featured: Saints 365

Welcome to Catholic Sistas’ newest series, featuring some of our friends in the Catholic blogging world entitled Fabulously Featured which will run on Wednesdays. I have always wanted to introduce you to some new blogs to follow and support, but seriously lacked the time to put this together before now. In a Facebook group of fellow Catholic women bloggers, I asked ladies to answer some questions for this series, and they were all too excited to participate! I give you their answers in their own words. 🙂

Saints365

Today we turn our attention to Saints 365, which is authored by Debbie Gaudino. Saints 365 is Debbie’s personal blog, where she hopes to engage and encourage readers {as well as herself} to strive for holiness in the trenches of everyday life. How refreshing! Let’s do this Catholic thing together, by looking at our everyday circumstances and finding holiness there!

Debbie Gaudino

Debbie Gaudino

Established

2014

Theme

I generally write about applying the truths of the Scriptures, the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to everyday life.

Inspiration/Motivation

Two years ago I began studying for my Masters in Theology via the Distance Learning program at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  I love the classes and all that I am learning and felt the desire to share that with others.  Lots of things inspire me to write: a quote from a saint that I stumble upon, a homily that I hear at Mass, a unique fact that I find out about our Catholic faith that I never knew, and my own lived-out experience of being a Catholic wife and Mom.

Favorite Element

I get a tremendous satisfaction from writing and have long kept a journal, so even without readers I think I would still continue to write – for me, writing helps me process my thoughts and feelings about something. As far as the blog goes, I am extremely grateful and humbled when others are touched by something I shared.

Favorite Post

The Angelus: Domestic Church Style and What’s the Big Deal About the Pope Going to Confession? are two of my favorite posts. Ironically, they are two of the fastest written posts I have ever done – and that is one of the reasons they are a fav of mine. Within a month of blogging, I realized that if I couldn’t keep it honest and real, I shouldn’t be writing and these posts are some of may earliest attempts at writing from my the depths of my heart and my own experience.

Balance

Balance is a challenge and I struggle with it in my writing as well as in other areas of my life. I try to keep the guilty feelings at bay by taking frequent check-points with my husband, my spiritual director, and my children as to how I am doing in the balancing act of life.  There have definitely been seasons in my life where I have had to back-off of some activities, and other times where I have been able to add things to my plate without issue. Making myself accountable to others I trust in this area has been a huge help to me.

Audience

I guess I write for anyone who is interested in reading – my hope is that whoever reads will walk away enriched by the experience. I don’t have a “target audience” per se, and my subscribers include men and women across a variety of ages and stages of life. ​

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 3.00.30 PM

 

Catch Phrase/Tagline

“Striving for the heights of holiness the trenches of everyday life.” This is my blog’s tagline and it pretty much summarizes my life’s philosophy – I want to be a saint and I know the only road to sanctity is in the trenches of my life – as mundane and messy as those trenches often are.

Advice

The greatest advice I would give to a new Catholic blogger comes from the Episcopal motto of one of my very favorite (hopefully soon to be saints) Blessed John Henry Newman: Cor ad Cor Loquitur – which means “heart speaks to heart”. If you share from your heart – it will speak to the hearts of those who read your blog. This heart to heart sharing is what really changes lives, builds community and provides encouragement and inspiration in a world that so desperately needs it.  Above all else – Catholic blogs should give glory to God – and the ultimate litmus test of hitting “publish” on a post should be just that – did I glorify God through this writing.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

Have a question or comment for our featured blogger? Please leave them in the comments below!

Would you {or someone you know} like to be fabulously featured?

Send an email to Martina@CatholicSistas.com and reference the Fabulously Featured series and we’ll get the ball rolling to get you or your friend featured!

 

Did you enjoy this article? Sign up now!

About Martina Kreitzer

Martina is a cradle Catholic, wife to Neil, and mother to seven kiddos here {and three in heaven}– 4/96-1/17. She decided to homeschool the kiddos in 2010 after many years in public schools and is currently transitioning out of homeschooling. She is the creator of Catholic Sistas which focuses on a feminine perspective of the Catholic Faith. The website was the result of an existing camaraderie by the contributors in a Catholic women’s group she created. She is also a Seal of Approval evaluator for the Catholic Writers Guild. Lest you think she spends all her time online, Martina has enjoyed getting out into the community by serving on the Pastoral Council from 2010-2013. She is constantly on the lookout to make her parish as welcoming as the small town she grew up in East Texas. This task is not easy given that St. William is the largest parish in the Austin diocese, serving well over twenty thousand parishioners. She loves Jesus, coffee, bacon, chocolate, photography, more bacon, evangelizing, and the company of those unafraid to use their sense of humor.